Bachelor of Dance Education

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Australian College of Physical Education
  • Awarded by

    Australian College of Physical Education

  • Qualification

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study Mode

    On campus

  • Payment Options

    FEE-HELP may be availablePayment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

  • Start Date

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  • Location


  • Career Outcomes

    Choreographer | Dance Teacher | Community Wellness Officer | Dance Instructor | View all

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  • In a Nutshell

    The Bachelor of Dance Education course offers a comprehensive, specialist program of practical and theoretical training, and is ideally suited to individuals looking to pursue a career as a high school dance teacher.

    Combining dance, health and teaching into one targeted degree, this course allows you to focus your training on dance teaching while covering a breadth of topics relevant to physical education and physical training.

    ACPE offers this degree on-campus study and the course content is delivered through a variety of methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars, performance workshops, dance classes and individual tuition. To ensure classroom readiness students undertake school-based practical experience throughout their degree. 

    Study dance at ACPE

  • What You'll Need to Get In

    To be eligible to enrol in this course, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

    • Achieve at least three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English; AND
    • Pass bridging units benchmarked to a Band 5 HSC result; OR
    • Completion of a NESA approved alternative entry pathway as advised by your prospective university; OR
    • Have completed a Higher Education Degree.

    Applicants are also required to attend a dance audition.

  • Subject Breakdown

    In this dance education course, the subjects you will study include:

    • Dance Composition
    • Understanding Health
    • Skill Acquisition
    • Dance History
    • Dance Production
    • Popular Dance Styles
    • Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology
    • Classroom Skills I
    • Curriculum Planning for Learning and Teaching HPE I
    • Classical Dance Styles
    • Practices in Movement
    • Professional Experience 1
    • Child and Adolescent Development
    • Curriculum Planning for Learning and Teaching in Dance
    • Dance Analysis
    • Theory & Application of Playing Sport
    • Professional Experience 2
    • Classroom Skills II
    • Curriculum Planning for Learning and Teaching in HPE II
    • Dance Composition II
    • Contemporary Youth Health
    • Professional Experience 3
    • Social Influences and Student Diversity
    • Curriculum Planning for Learning and Teaching in Dance II
    • Dance Performance
    • Elements of Movement
    • Teaching Skills: Dance Studio
    • Youth Health & Resilience
    • The Inclusive Classroom
    • Applied Exercise Physiology
    • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Education
    • Current Issues: A Teaching Research Project
    • Dance and Technology
    • Literacy for Learning and Teaching
    • Professional Experience 4
  • Why Australian College of Physical Education?

    The Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) is one of Australia’s leading education providers when it comes to all things sports management, applied fitness, dance and physical education. Students here will graduate with the training to work as fitness professionals as well as the knowledge to manage their own businesses.

    ACPE is one of the oldest higher education providers in NSW, providing a premier learning experience for over 100 years. By gaining your qualification at ACPE, you will receive a nationally recognised credential and have access to world-class athletic facilities and training that draws in students from all over the globe.

    A key value for the team at the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) is to ensure their staff and students are well supported and are encouraged to develop both personally and professionally.

    ACPE has a Student Learning Services (SLS) resource centre which is a student’s hub for all things relating to academic skills and success throughout their studies. Students also have access to SMARTTHINKING - an online service that gives students 24-hour access to academic tutors and resources.

    **Want to get a feel for what it's like to study with ACPE? Head to their Open Day held at their Sydney campus on Saturday, February 2nd. Enquire now for more event info.**


    All student testimonials for Australian College of Physical Education

    "ACPE has been great in understanding and being flexible to my needs as a student but also as a full-time athlete living mostly overseas. This is one of the main reasons i chose to study at ACPE because I had heard of the support given to elite athletes. The staff and unit co-ordinators within my faculty and course and have been overly helpful and always given me the best chance to complete all tasks wherever O am in the world. I would definitely recommend ACPE and my course in particular to anyone looking to study but to also have a good balance in life whether personal or sporting, and I am very grateful for having the support of ACPE."

  • Campus locations

    This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

  • Where will this course take you?

    Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Dance Education from the Australian College of Physical Education. 

    This qualification will enable you to pursue dance teaching as a career in the secondary school system, as well as other educational contexts.

    Providing you with training in dance as an aspect of physical education, you will emerge from your studies ready to pursue employment in government and independent schools, private dance studios and community recreation centres.

  • Career Outcomes

    Wondering where a career in community development could take you? Potential job outcomes may include: Community Development Coordinator, Community Development Officer, Community Housing Resources Worker, Economic Development Manager, Neighbourhood Centre Manager, Project Manager (Community Services), Settlement Worker.

  • Let's talk price

    Eligible students can apply for a FEE-HELP loan to help with the upfront costs of this course.

    Affordable payment plans are also available.


    You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

    This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

    Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $47,014 (2021-22 income year). 

    Find out more about government study loans here.

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